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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The principles and practices of a party of political reformers, chiefly workingmen, active in England from 1838 to 1848.

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  • proper n. A movement for political and social reform in the United Kingdom during the mid-19th century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The principles of a political party in England (1838-48), which contended for universal suffrage, the vote by ballot, annual parliaments, equal electoral districts, and other radical reforms, as set forth in a document called the People's Charter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The political principles and opinions of the Chartists.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the principles of a body of 19th century English reformers who advocated better social and economic conditions for working people

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Medieval Latin charta, charter (referring to the "People's Charter” of 1837), from Latin, paper, document; see card1.

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Named after the People's Charter of 1838.

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